UPDATE: The office of Councilmember Nadeau released the following statement on Tuesday, August 13, 2019:
As Chair of the Human Services Committee, Councilmember Nadeau is working to ensure residents currently served by the Developmental Disabilities Administration Health Initiative contract continue receiving the same level of care regardless of provider. Recently, the Department on Disability Services announced that the current contract which provides vital services to residents with developmental disabilities would expire on August 30, 2019 and the services would be moved to DDS and other providers. Immediately after this decision became public, her office received an outpouring of emails and phone calls from advocates, families, and members of the disability rights community expressing their concerns. Councilmember Nadeau quickly held a joint public roundtable on the issue and based on testimony from advocates and residents concluded that the current plan leaves concerning gaps. Council does not have the legal authority to alter the contract, so she has asked DDS for weekly updates on the transition and asked the Mayor to reexamine the decision and consider extending the contract. Below is a timeline.
WASHINGTON – Today, Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau introduced, and the DC Council passed, emergency legislation that allows parents to designate a trusted adult who can serve as legal guardian for children if parents are detained. The new law is a response to heightened threats from the federal government of ICE raids. The Standby Guardian Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 was co-introduced by all Councilmembers and passed unanimously.